Boys basketball: GW edges Hurricane in MSAC 3rd-place game
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Hurricane senior point guard Rasaan Harris fed junior wing Henry Sorsaia for an easy lay-in with little more than four minutes left in the Mountain State Athletic Conference third-place game Saturday, and in that moment it seemed that Redskins basketball might have finally arrived.
The value of experience should never be underestimated.
Veteran George Washington Coach Rick Green called timeout shortly after Sorsaia's bucket, and Hurricane - which at the time led by five points in its first appearance in the MSAC Night of Champions - never scored again. The Patriots (16-4) held the Redskins (15-5) scoreless their final five possessions and escaped with a 51-50 win.
"Coach just told us to kept playing because that's how our games have been all year," GW senior Austin Breeden said of the well-placed timeout. "He told us to keep grinding for the next few minutes."
Breeden cut the lead to three with 3:10 left, then All-State guard Luke Eddy made the front end of a one-and-one from the foul line with 2:55 left to cut the lead to 50-48, forcing a timeout from Hurricane Coach Lance Sutherland.
Eddy again went 1-of-2 from the line with 1:44 left, and then at the 1 minute-mark, Cameron Hoston put back an Eddy miss to give GW the lead for good.
Through GW's process of chipping away at Hurricane's lead, the Redskins couldn't get out of their own way.
"I just couldn't put the ball in the hole. We had some spurts where we didn't even get any shots up down the stretch," said Harris, who had 15 points and flirted with a triple-double by finishing with 11 rebounds and eight assists.
"We had some empty possessions, and we can't have empty possessions. That happened tonight," Harris said.
Harris missed a 3-point attempt down in the waning minutes, but chased down his own rebound and returned to the top of the key, only to misfire a pass looking for Sorsaia with 3.8 seconds left. On the resulting inbounds play Eddy was whistled for an offensive foul, giving the Redskins the ball under their own basket with one final chance.
Trey Dawson inbounded to Harris near the half-court line, but Harris's last-second heave was off the mark.
Greene said the fact that the Patriots could get a win with Eddy scoring so infrequently is a welcome sign with sectional tournament play little more than a week away.
"That's the most encouraging thing to us, is that more people are stepping up and making contributions," Greene said. "It's really encouraging to see that Luke can have just one field goal (in the second half) and we can still claw out a win against a team the caliber of Hurricane."
Eddy had just one basket in the second half, and at one point missed eight consecutive shots from the floor. His only bucket after halftime came with 5:42 left in the game, and tied the score at 45-45. He finished with 16 points, 11 points below his season average.
"We just started getting the ball out of Luke's hands and running him off screens instead of him having the ball all the time," said Breeden, who took the lead in GW's second-half method of driving to the basket with the ball and finished with eight points and eight rebounds.
"He was going through triple teams all the time trying to dribble the ball, so we thought it was better to get him coming off screens."
Sorsaia led all scorers with 17 points, and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. GW reserve center Cai Carena came off the bench and gave the Patriots 10 boards.
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GEORGE WASHINGTON 51, HURRICANE 50
Ian Miles 1-4 0-0 3, Trey Dawson 2-8 0-0 4, Henry Sorsaia 7-15 3-7 17, Rasaan Harris 5-14 4-5 15, Alex Estep 2-7 0-2 6, Garrett DeFries 1-5 3-4 5, Ethan Rennick 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Carey 0-1 0-0 0, Totals 18-54 10-18 50.
George Washington (16-4)
Austin Breeden 4-15 0-1 8, Chris Kay 2-2 0-0 5, Dominik King 4-7 0-0 10, Luke Eddy 5-20 6-9 16, Alex Lewis 1-4 0-0 2, Cai Carena 2-4 0-0 4, Cameron Hoston 3-4 0-1 6, Mark Glines 0-0 0-0 0, Austen Henrich 0-2 0-0 0, Totals 21-58 6-11 51.
Hurricane 15 15 12 8 -- 50
George Washington 16 11 14 10 -- 51
3-point shooting: Hurricane 4-16 (Estep 2-4, Miles 1-3, Harris 1-3, Carey 0-1, DeFries 0-2, Dawson 0-3), GW 3-9 (King 2-3, Kay 1-1, Hoston 0-1, Eddy 0-2, Lewis 0-2); Rebounds: Hurricane 42 (Sorsaia 12, Harris 11, Estep 7), GW 43 (Eddy 11, Carena 10, Breeden 8); Assists: Hurricane 10 (Harris 8), GW 6 (Eddy 3); Steals: Hurricane 6 (DeFries 2, Sorsaia 2), GW 2 (King, Lewis); Blocks: Hurricane 3 (Sorsaia 3), GW 2 (King, Carena); Total fouls: Hurricane 17, GW 19; Fouled out: Miles; Turnovers: Hurricane 12, GW 9.